Friday, August 17, 2018

Emboss Away!

Rachel chose "wet embossing" as the theme this week for the Sisters In Stamping.  I used to emboss a lot!  I recently started doing it again and really do love the way it looks.  I also love to do it for images I'm coloring.  It makes it so much easier to color and stay within the lines!

I really wasn't sure what stamps to use on this, but knew I wanted to use my Coffee Cafe stamps and matching framelits.  So I grabbed them and this is what I created:

I used a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and then stamped the coffee beans in Early Espresso.  I inked up the stamps and then stamped off twice on the cardstock to have different shades of beans.  I like the way it looks.  I then stamped the "Thanks A Latte" using Early Espresso, poured clear embossing powder over, and heated it to emboss/set.  I thought it might look cool to then have the cup sleeve be embossed, so I used Versamark all over the piece of cardstock I just stamped and embossed.  I poured more embossing powder on and heated it.  I decided to use Craft white ink on Whisper White cardstock, clear embossing powder, and heated that up.  I used Versamark ink on Hunter Green cardstock, embossing powder, and heated that up.  Once I finished embossing everything, I let it all cool and then ran all of the pieces through the Big Shot with the framelits.  After die cutting, I assembled the card.

I'm not sure you can see all of the embossing I've done on this card, but in person, it does stand out.  I know people are probably wondering why a straw is sticking out of a hot cup, but I started using a straw to drink my hot coffees a long time ago when a coworker friend did it.  I like my coffee hot and you can drink it quickly and before it cools this way :)  Plus, I think it is better to bypass the teeth when drinking coffee to help keep from getting as stained. 

Anyway, thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend!  Check out the other ladies' creations here.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Back To School

TGIF!  All of the stores are packed with everyone getting ready to go back to school.  Jennifer picked the perfect theme for today's Sisters In Stamping projects:  Back To School!

My nieces and nephew are all getting ready.  So, to let them know I'm thinking of them, I decided to make each a card with their school's initials and colors on the outside.

I used some markers and my ruler to create a piece of lined notebook paper.  I first used the Granite Gray marker to make the horizontal lines.  I liked that one for my nephew's card.  But, I liked the Pool Party maker lines for the girls' cards.  I used the Real Red marker to make the vertical lines.  I addressed each one (I blacked out in the pictures) and wrote a little sentence of encouragement using my Basic Black marker.  I think they came out pretty cute.  I put a Starbuck's gift card in each.  :)

Here are the individual cards.  GMU (Hunter Green and Crushed Curry), UK (Blueberry Bushel and Whisper White), and BHS (Merry Merlot and Crushed Curry).  I used the Large Letter Framelits to die cut the letters.

Wishing all the back-to-schoolers (teachers and students) a wonderful school year!

Thanks for looking and check out what back to school projects the Sisters In Stamping made here.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Black, White, and What Other Color?

This week's challenge was to create using black, white, and one other color.  I don't know about you, but I have like 20 friends with birthdays in August!  So, I decided to use this challenge to make one of the many birthday cards I need to make :)

I chose Lovely Lipstick as my "other" color.  I love this color!!!! 

I also decided to use the Broadway Birthday Bundle.  This was my first time using the set and I really like it!  But, I will need to use it a lot more.

This is the card I made:

First, I decided that I would use a piece of Whisper White matted on Basic Black adhered to a piece of Lovely Lipstick card base.  Then, I ran the white piece through the Big Shot with the border die first.  After that, I stamped the "WISH" in Lovely Lipstick.  I then die cut the black border and used pencil to lightly trace where I wanted to adhere it.  I then stamped the "MAKE A" in Black.  I erased the pencil lines and glued down the border.  I wanted some dazzle to this card, so I added some rhinestones.  It still needed something, so I used some Lovely Lipstick and Black ribbon to "tie" it all together.  See what I did there?  Ha!

Anyway, thanks for looking and have a great day!

Check out what the Sisters In Stamping chose as their other color here!

Friday, July 27, 2018

What's Your New SU! Color?

This week, Karla challenged us to create a project using one of SU!'s new colors or returning color.  This was a no brainer for me!  Many years ago, Mint was my signature color.  I would wear it every chance I could.  Although pink is my favorite color, mint will always be my signature color :)  So, as soon as I saw Karla's challenge, I knew I'd be using Mint Macaron!  I can't tell you how happy I am this color returned!

I was trying to really focus on the Mint, but I had to pull some pink in ;)

Really, they do go so well together too!

I am trying to use all of my new stamps.  So, I pulled my Artfully Folded (hostess set) and Varied Vases set.  You'd think the flowers were from the Varied Vases set, but they are actually from the Artfully Folded set.  The Birthday Wishes sentiment is from the Varied Vases set.  The cute little dotted line stamp is also from the Artfully Folded set.

I stamped the flower images and colored them in with Mint Macaron and Petal Pink markers.  I also added some pearls to the flowers and colored pearls (black Sharpie) to the dotted line.  Pretty quick and simple!

I can't wait to see what the other ladies chose as the color to use on their projects!  Head on over here to check them out!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Silver and/or Gold?

This week's theme is Silver and/or Gold.  I find it ironic that in my taste in jewelry, I always pick yellow or rose gold over white gold or silver.  But, I've noticed that when I craft, I tend to choose silver over gold, be it paper, embellishments, ink, etc.

When I was thinking of what I wanted to do for this project, I decided to just make two cards.  One in gold and one in silver.  I actually like them both!  It has now made me rethink my use of gold on projects :)

Here are the cards I made.  I'm not sure why the silver card is looking more pinkish at the bottom.  It must have been from the reflection of what I was wearing when I took this picture!

Here is a better picture of the silver card.  I used my Detailed Floral Thinlits (one of the best purchases ever!!!) to die cut a piece of Silver Foil Sheet.  I adhered it to a piece of Basic Black cardstock card base.  I wrapped a piece of the new Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon.  I finished it off with a couple Silver Pearls.

This is what the same card looks like using Gold Foil Sheet.  I used the same products listed above, except a couple of Gold Pearls.  It's just a slightly different look. 

Check out the other Silver/Gold projects from the Sisters In Stamping here!

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Emoji Inspired

Happy weekend!

This week's theme is inspired by emojis!  Fun theme, but so hard!  I knew exactly which emoji I wanted to try to create, but it was so much harder than I thought it would be.  I really don't like my card this week, but I had to try...

I've had pet house rabbits for 26 years.  I just love them.  And, the breed in this emoji is my favorite.  5 of the 6 bunnies we've had have been Dutches.  This is the image I was going for (and failed!)  LOL

Rabbit Face on Apple iOS 11.3 
You can find this image on cell phones, but I copied the image above from this site here

I kept thinking about how I'm always texting and use this little face.  So, I wanted to create a card that looked like cell phone and a text message.  I had to cheat a little in that I didn't have all current things to create this card, so I took some help from Word by creating the sentiment in the bubble and printing that on White cardstock.  I also used some Stickles for the eyes and filled in the nose.  I did use the new SU! bunny punch for the face though!  I punched it out of Basic Gray and White cardstock.  I refuse to do the buck teeth because bunnies don't have buck teeth hanging out.  But, I just realized I totally forgot the whiskers!  Oh well - I tried!

I layered everything on a piece of Lovely Lipstick for the base of the card.  I love this color so much!!!

OK - that's it!  Enough said!  

Have a great weekend everyone!

Please make sure to check out the other emoji inspired creations on the Sisters In Stamping blog here.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Pinterest Inspired

The SIS theme this week is "Pinterest Inspired".  I love this idea and knew instantly what I'd be looking for.  I love looking at tattoos.  I think they are beautiful.  I started looking at them on Pinterest and also looking at my new stamp sets.  I settled on this Pin here:

I grabbed my new Serene Garden stamp set and matching dies.  I stamped the images on a piece of watercolor paper, then grabbed my aqua painter and ink pads (Lovely Lipstick, Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover - leaves, and Garden Green - stems).  I had a heck of a time using the aqua painter - yes, I do not like that thing!  I gave up after making a huge mess and grabbed my beloved blender pen :)   I used my blender pen to pick up the ink and then started coloring in the images.   I used the Pineapple Punch marker to color the beak.  Once done, I used the flower die to die cut them.  I popped them up using dimensionals.  I adhered the watercolor paper to a piece of Petal Pink cardstock and adhered that to a Basic Black cardstock card.
I'm happy with the way this turned out.

Please click on over to the Sisters In Stamping blog to see what the other ladies created from their inspirational pins.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!